Halloween is right around the corner, and you are
invited to a party at Count Drac’s cool crib in the
hilarious and hip Monsters Party All Night Long,
a clever and imaginative book by author-artist Adam J.B.
Lane. Of all the children’s books I’ve reviewed over the
years, this is one of the few that sticks in my head, no
matter what time of year it is.
Lane is a master at silly
text with a rhythmic, sing-song feel, and his wild and
ghoulish 3-D claymation-style illustrations will have you
and your child rolling over with the goofy giggles. The
story centers on a monster bash being thrown by Count Drac
in order for the lone vampire to make some friends. You see,
he gets so lonely up in his big castle. So he’s invited
everyone he can think of, including you, to his hip-hoppin’
pad for some fun games and some great treats.
There is dancing under a disco ball, a famous All-Fish
Band led by the Creature from the Bleak Lagoon, a zombie
fashion show, and some yummy “horror d’oeuvres” like Snot
Dogs and Toe Jam on Toast served up by the gourmet Chef
Monsters Party All Night Long is just plain
fun and frolicking, and is sure to be a hit all year round
with kids of all ages who love crazy creatures and a
monstrously good read. And I dare ANYONE to try and read
this book and not spend the rest of his or her life walking
around singing “Shaking to that boogie song, Monsters party
all night long.” Go ahead, I dare you.